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23 Sep 2017

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    Google’s Proposed New San Jose Tech Village

    In San Francisco, the tech community continues to face an angry backlash for pushing out locals, artists and the elderly. Meanwhile, 50 miles south, Google plans to partner with the City of San Jose to build a tech village dubbed "The Grand Central Station of the West." Alison van Diggelen reports on a tale of tech in two cities. Robotics researchers at Johns Hopkins University have created a fixed-wing, unmanned vehicle that can autonomously operate underwater and then propel itself fast enough to make the transition into the air, becoming an autonomous flying aerial vehicle. Click talks to the researcher, Joe Moore. Gibson / Martelli are artists at the cutting edge of Virtual Reality and Performance. Click talks to the about their innovative use of virtual reality as displayed in their latest show Man A. A conference on Open Data for Francophone Africa is aiming to build on the success of the Burkina Open Data Initiative launched in Burkina Faso four years ago despite the fact that the country has one of the poorest internet speed performance in Africa. Sasha Gankin reports on the conference from Ouagadougou. (Photo caption: Google Headquarters California © Getty Images) Producer: Colin Grant

  • Posted on 19 Sep 2017

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    Are You in Danger of Becoming Addicted to Television?

    In a special edition, Click looks at the future of TV – specifically how content providers and marketing companies need to get the experience right, so that we keep coming back. So who is getting it right? The Facebooks and the Amazons or are the challengers already stealing our attention? And what about the role of empathy? The professionals are tuning into us and our moods as much as we are into their content. Click is joined by a panel of experts, Ida Olsen, Oisin Lunny and Fabian Birgfeld, to cast their critical gaze over interactive broadcasting. (Photo caption: Family watching 3D television © Getty Images) Producer: Colin Grant

  • Posted on 12 Sep 2017

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    Polite Robots That Make Way for People

    Autonomous robots with “socially aware navigation,” are being road-tested by MIT researchers to keep pace with foot traffic while observing these general codes of pedestrian conduct. Click talks to one of the researchers, Michael Everett. A coffee machine with a life of its own is dispensing coffee to punters with an ethical preference. Roland Pease reports on the Edinburgh University researchers looking into bitcoin and ethical trading Brighton Digital Festival this year with has a focus on what it calls ‘The Messy Edge’, exploring the frontiers of digital culture. Click talks to one of the key organisers, Laurence Hill. Should we be scared of the influence of toy robots on children? Click is joined by Mark Palatucci with Cozmo, a tiny robot toy with a "brain" and personality, and Professor Karen Panetta to discuss the growing role that artificial intelligence software and early-stage humanoid robots are playing in young children’s lives. (Photo caption: Engineers at MIT have designed an autonomous robot with “socially aware navigation” - courtesy of MIT researchers) Producer: Colin Grant

  • Posted on 05 Sep 2017

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    Helping Sex-Trafficking Victims with Bitcoin

    A new tool developed by Rebecca Portnoff and colleagues at University of California, Berkeley ferrets out sex-traffickers. Portnoff describes how it uses machine learning to spot common patterns in suspicious ads and then uses information from bitcoin payments to help identify who placed them. This September, the first Deep Learning Indaba - a shared space to learn, to share, and to debate the state-of-the-art in machine learning and artificial intelligence – will take place in South Africa. Researchers from DeepMind discuss the potential benefits for Africa. To promote the film Marjorie Prime, volumetric capture start-up 8i captured the star Jon Hamm (an AI character in the movie). Click’s Simon Morton puts himself in the frame when he volunteers to have a hologram made of himself. It is estimated that there are over half a million open tech jobs in the United States and it is well known that the tech field has a dearth of women and minorities. The Tech Jobs Tour, a new initiative, aims to help solve these issues by bringing tech opportunities to non-traditional talent in 50 cities across the US. Alison van Diggelen reports. (Image caption: Single bitcoin coin in wooden desk © Getty Images) Producer: Colin Grant

  • Posted on 29 Aug 2017

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